To combine family holidays and a visit of a wine region is a tricky challenge, as most of the wine professionals will agree. However, during our recent autumn’s vacation, we have visited the Austrian capital city Vienna, which offered lots of interesting things to do for families and wine lovers.
There is no doubt, the stories of Emperor Franz-Josef II. and his beloved wife Elisabeth inspires a big crowd. Hence, the Sissi Exhibition at the centrally located Hofburg was a fantastic starting point to get in touch with the royal heritage. 90 minutes of lively and vibrant history; the fact, that just after the exhibition, we were able to join the welcoming of the royal couple of Belgium, was the cherry on the cake. Not only the kids were excited.
Heading towards Gemischter Satz
From the near tram-station Volkstheater, we reached the boarder of the city in Nussdorf. There we started a 2 hours hike through the nearby vineyards, including the famous Nussberg. The view from there is breath-taking, and the wine produced here is extraordinary. Winegrowers such as Wieninger am Nussberg use not less than 9 varieties: Weissburgunder, Neuburger, Welschriesling, Grüner Veltliner, Sylvaner, Zierfandler, Rotgipfler, Traminer and Riesling. The special thing about the Gemischter Satz Wein is, that all grapes are harvested t and processed together. Very similar as in Port wine, where this so-called co-fermentation ads on to complexity of the final product.
The best Winer Schnitzel
Hiking makes you hungry and wine-hiking thirsty as well: the traditional, over 100years old tavern Figlmüller – right next to St. Stephan’s Cathedral – serves one of the best Schnitzel in town. We do not have the ultimate proof of this statement, but a clear «thumbs up» of our 9-years-old expert. And what could be better with this dish as a Wiener Gemischter Satz?
Prater to finish the day
Another landmark is the big wheel at Vienna’s Prater park. The view over the roofs is phenomenal and marks a successful finish of a great family day, during which everyone appreciated different enjoyments.